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Anderson has wide range of jobs with Orioles

Brady Anderson is the Orioles’ version of a renaissance man. His official title is Vice President of Baseball Operations, but that hardly begins to describe what he does for the team.

Anderson was heavily involved in the negotiations to keep Darren O’Day with the Orioles, something that was publicly acknowledged by Dan Duquette this week.

He supervises workouts for players in California during the season, and he does that so expertly that Zach Britton said Anderson was responsible for getting him to the All-Star Game in 2015.

Anderson is also a trusted advisor to manager Buck Showalter, and he’s heavily involved in the search for an assistant batting coach.

Why shouldn’t he? Anderson was one of the best hitters in Orioles history. His 1,614 hits place him fourth behind only his close friend Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson and Eddie Murray.

His final game with the Orioles was nearly overlooked—because it was Ripken’s, too.

Now, here’s a quiz. The answer will be at the end of the story. Anderson began and ended his career with other teams. Which teams?

Anderson acknowledged at last Saturday’s FanFest that he wasn’t involved in the negotiations to retain Chris Davis, but he likes and admires the slugger.

In 2013, Davis bested Anderson’s team record for home runs. He hit 50 in 1996, but Davis hit 53. It was pointed out the two were close.

“Until he hit 49 we were close,” Anderson joked.

Their friendship doesn’t include Anderson lobbying Davis to return. That’s between Peter Angelos and Davis’ agent, Scott Boras.

“That’s kind of frowned upon. You want to go through their agent unless you have permission,” Anderson said. “We were really close when he did hit his 50 home runs.”

Last year, hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, who knew Davis from his days with the Texas Rangers, worked with him.

“I rarely spoke to him about hitting unless he wanted some left-handed [throwing] batting practice,” Anderson said. “He’s a unique player. I don’t think I ever played with anybody or seen anybody who just puts the barrel on the ball, and it’s a home run.”

Anderson has played with some great home run hitters: Murray, Ripken, Albert Belle.

The Orioles have reportedly offered seven years and $150 million for Davis.

“Does it blow me away? Well, no. I think, honestly that’s the price any team pays when you’ve got one of the players you want as a free agent. I went through it myself, and it costs the team a lot to do that,” Anderson said.

“Small to mid-market teams like we are have a player you appreciate, like Darren for instance. That would have been a player where we knew all about him, which in a way hurt us. Some guys are so good that you fail to appreciate because you see them every day, and you look back and you compare Darren as a free agent to other free agents in the market, and you say, this guy is the elite reliever on the market.

“When you have him, you think it looks so easy. You forget how hard it is. It can cost you millions of dollars, and in Darren’s case, that’s what happened. In Chris Davis’ case the same thing is happening. I would hope in the future we would be quicker to react, especially on our own free agents and allow them to become free agents if we really want them.”

Some of the players that originally worked out with Anderson in California: Zach Britton, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman, have moved to Sarasota and will work out there, but Gonzalez, who’s from southern California, has returned there already to work with Anderson.

Left-handed pitcher Tim Berry, who had a disappointing season with Bowie, is scheduled to work out there. Last year’s Rule 5 draft pick Jason Garcia and promising right-handed Mike Wright, will work out there, too. So will Dariel Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop.

The players who began working with Anderson, which also included Wei-Yin Chen, Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz, established themselves as big leaguers.

“We need to start over and get a new crop of guys doing that,” Anderson said. “We’re not going to forget about those [veteran] guys. But, as their success in the big leagues becomes obvious, they sort of move on to other places.”

QUIZ ANSWER: Anderson began his career with the Boston Red Sox and was traded to the Orioles in July 1988 along with Curt Schilling for Mike Boddicker. He ended his career by playing 34 games with the Cleveland Indians in 2002.

He tried for a comeback with the San Diego Padres in 2003, but that ended after he played 23 games with Triple-A Portland.

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm